The effort by state governments to forge eligibility (or “birther”) bills is proving to be a labor of Sisyphus.
ObamaReleaseYourRecords reports on May 8, 2011 that on May 4th, the Missouri House passed HB 121 that will require candidates for president and vice-president provide proof of “natural born Citizen” status.
As reported here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here; other states (Montana, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Indiana, Connecticut, Missouri and Iowa) also are pursuing legislation that will require presidential and vice-presidential candidates prove they’re Constitutionally eligible.
Eligibility bills died in Arizona and Georgia. In Arizona, the bill was passed by both the House and Senate, only to be vetoed by Governor Jan Brewer. In Georgia, the bill died on the vine in the House.
If Missouri’s state Senate passes the bill unamended and Governor Jay Nixon sign it, HB 121 will become state law to read as follows:
When certifying presidential and vice presidential nominees and requesting that such nominees be placed on the ballot, the state committees of each political party shall provide verifiable evidence of identity and proof of natural born citizenship. -Source.
You can read the full text of the Missouri legislation here.
UPDATE: This so-called “eligibility bill” passed by the Missouri state House, HB 121, is a joke because all it specifies is that presidential and vice-presidential candidates produce proof of their U.S. citizenship. The bill’s 115.399. 1 says:
“Not later than the twelfth Tuesday prior to each presidential election, or notwithstanding any prior laws to the contrary, in the year 1996 and thereafter, within seven working days after choosing its nominees for president and vice president of the United States, whichever is later, the state committee of each established political party shall certify in writing to the secretary of state the names of its nominees for president and vice president of the United States. Such certification shall include proof of identity and proof of United States citizenship for each nominee.”
In other words, the Missouri bill if passed into law does not require a presidential candidate to produce proof that s/he is a Natural Born Citizen required by the Constitution for the presidency, but merely that s/he is a U.S. citizen. That means Arnold Schwarzenegger and I — immigrants who became naturalized US citizens — can both run for the presidency!
The Bipartisan Political Ruling Class must really think we are stupid.